Who’s looking to sign the Juventus star? And where are Chelsea’s Oscar and Ramires off to?
Chelsea’s interest in Paul Pogba has taken an intriguing twist after it emerged Juventus are interested in Oscar and Ramires.
Pogba, who has been valued by his agent at £74 million, is one of Chelsea’s top summer targets. Juventus are lining up moves for Oscar and Ramires with the cash they would receive for the midfielder. That gives Chelsea a boost in their attempt to land Pogba ahead of Manchester United, City and Paris St-Germain.
Barcelona are the latest club to show an interest in Pogba, but the Spaniards cannot make any signings until next year.
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On interest in Pogba, Juve director Pavel Nedved said: “We know that Barca and other big clubs want him. But Pogba has a contract with us.”
Juventus have watched Oscar in action for Brazil, with the 23-year-old understood to be high on the list of the Italian club’s targets along with team-mate Ramires.
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may be willing to part with one or both of Oscar and Ramires if it helps him land Pogba, 22, or another of his key summer objectives.
Other than Pogba, Mourinho is interested in Atlético Madrid midfielder Koke and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Chelsea inquired about signing Koke last summer and are ready to make a new move if they cannot land Pogba.
Meanwhile, Diego Costa is hopeful of winning his race to be fit to play in the latest of Chelsea’s “cup finals” against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The striker withdrew from international duty with Spain after being forced out of Chelsea’s victory over Hull City with a hamstring strain, but is desperate to face Stoke.
Costa continued his rehabilitation outside at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Thursday and hopes to prove his fitness to Mourinho.
Mourinho admitted Costa’s hamstring issues are a concern, but the 26-year-old wants to lead Chelsea to the title before taking an extended rest.
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Spain will be watching developments over Costa with great interest, following past fallouts over his fitness and availability.
Costa’s last Spain appearances were against Slovakia and Luxembourg in October, after which Mourinho complained about the condition in which he returned, prompting an angry response from Spain manager Vicente del Bosque.
Costa and Cesc Fabregas pulled out of Spain’s squad for the Belarus and Germany games in November, with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos questioning the commitment of the pair.
Spain next play against Belarus in Euro 2016 qualifying on June 14, when they will hope Costa is available.
Chelsea are six points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and Mourinho has told his players that every game is now a cup final, as the they attempt to clinch the club’s first title success since 2010.
Costa has been warned that he will not be able to intimidate or outmuscle Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross if he does manage to prove his fitness.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has backed Shawcross to stand up to Costa by saying: “He’s a strong centre-forward and a good player, but Ryan knows how to play against him and did well the last time he played against him.
“I wouldn’t say Costa’s a bully. He’s a top-class, powerful striker who’s similar to when
“But it’s not just Costa we have to watch. There’s also [Cesc] Fabregas, [Eden] Hazard and a lot of other good players.”